As part of attempts to rein in the spike in the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Czech Republic, will on Monday, ban persons who have not been vaccinated from accessing public events and services.
Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, made the announcement insisting that mere negative test result will no longer be recognised as qualification to enter events and service establishments.
The restrictions, which is expected to be approved by the full cabinet on Thursday, is coming after a surge in new infections to a record 22,479 on Tuesday.
The decision by Czech authorities is coming amidst rising infection rates in many European countries, including neighbouring Germany, Austria and Slovakia, all of which have disturbing spike in infection rates, a reason for which they are revving up tightening measures particularly on unvaccinated persons.
According to reports, Slovakia reported a record number of cases on Wednesday, with Poland and Hungary having the highest numbers in over six months.
“From that time [Monday] only vaccinations and having recovered from Covid will be recognised when it comes to services and public events.
“People have to finally believe that Covid kills,” Babiš said.
With just about 10.7 million people, the Czech Republic has recorded a relatively light restrictions in the latest Covid wave following which the government pledged not to close schools or embark on any lockdown. However, increasing infection rate as recorded in hospitals has made its decision to consider restricting unvaccinated people inevitable.
For instance, hospitals records on Tuesday indicate that 4,425 patients with coronavirus with 661 of them on admission in the ICU.
Over all, the country has recorded 31,709 Covid deaths, with daily count reaching over 60 in the last few days. Despite the development, the country’s vaccination rate is behind its neighbouring European nations most of which have over 50 percent of their population fully vaccinated even against EU average of 64.9 percent as data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control indicate.